New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Boat Unit is responsible for marine
enforcement as well as search and rescue missions. The primary
vessel of the Boat Unit is an twenty five foot, Silver Ship
powered with twin Yamaha four stroke outboard motors. The vessel has been modified
by the manufacturer to fill our specific needs.
In assistance to the Silver Ship the Sheriff's Office
operates a twenty foot Carolina Skiff powered by a Yamaha four stroke
outboard. This vessel gives the Marine Unit more versatility in
shallow waters and narrow passages.
Both vessels are outfitted with the necessary
emergency equipment to perform the multitude of different tasks required
of them. The unit is capable of being rapidly deployed to help in
water rescues, locating missing persons or to assist other agencies in
our area. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit has
assisted local, state and federal agencies including such agencies as
the U.S. Coast Guard, The National Transportation Safety Board, The
Secret Service, NC Marine Fisheries and NC Wildlife Commission.
The goal of the unit is to provide assistance to those in need and to
prevent crime by deterring those who would violate the law through
highly visible proactive patrolling of the area waters.